Husky Golfers Ready to Duel in the Desert
March 30, 2005
Seattle - The eighth-ranked Washington women's golf team looks to rebound from a disappointing seventh-place finish in its last tournament when the Huskies tee it up at this weekend at the PING/ASU Invitational. The 17-team tournament will take place April 1-3 at the Sun Devils' Karsten Golf Course. This will be the 40th playing of the tournament. Arizona State has won the tournament 22 times, most recently in 1999.
In addition to the Huskies and Sun Devils, this year's field includes (ranking) Arizona (19), California (26), New Mexico (12), New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine (5), San Jose State, Stanford (20), UCLA (2), USC (18), Texas (22), TCU (28) and Tulsa (24). Arizona State is ranked seventh in the latest Golfweek Standings.
The tournament format calls for 18 holes to be played each day with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. Mountain Standard Time from tees No. 1 and No. 10 Friday through Sunday.
UCLA captured the 2004 PING/ASU Invitational championship with a three-day total of three-under par 861, while Washington was ninth behind Paige Mackenzie's fourth-place finish. UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas won individual medalist honors for the second consecutive season in 2004, carding a nine-under 207.
The Husky lineup for the tournament includes Mackenzie, Kim Shin, Sung Ea Lee, Amber Prange and Ashley Bickerton. The Huskies were seventh in the 17-team Duck Invitational March 8-10 in their last outing. Shin led the Huskies with an 11th place finish at 13-over 229. It marked the first time during the season Washington failed to record a top-five finish and the only time this year a Husky did not place in the top-10 on the leaderboard.
Live scoring of the tournament can be found on the Internet at golfstat.com